The Bardstown Bourbon Company has collaborated with Goose Island to create a unique bourbon as part of their Collaborative Series. This limited release features a blend of 6- and 7-year Kentucky bourbon that has been aged an additional 12 months in freshly emptied Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout barrels. These barrels were not rinsed, allowing the stout-soaked staves to immediately interact with the bourbon. The final blend was then combined with a 9-year Kentucky bourbon, resulting in an expression rich in chocolate malt and dried cherry notes. The aroma is enveloping with dark chocolate, honey, toasted almond, and vanilla cream. On the palate, flavors of roasted malt, cacao, and allspice lead to a balanced and exquisite taste.
Dan Callaway, VP of Product Development for Bardstown Bourbon Co., expressed his admiration for Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Stout and was excited about the collaboration. He mentioned that this bourbon accentuates the depth of the stout while maintaining the beautiful notes of fruit, malt, and honey.
Goose Island is renowned in both the bourbon and beer industries as a pioneer of barrel-aged stouts. They have a history of collaborating with some of the most sought-after bourbon brands globally. Since 2010, Goose Island has released its Bourbon County Brand stout in original and limited variant releases each Black Friday.
In celebration of this collaboration, Bardstown Bourbon Co. and Goose Island will host events celebrating the art of cask finishing. One such event is a paired dinner at the Goose Island Barrel Warehouse in Chicago, featuring the 2020 Bourbon County Brand Stout and unique offerings from Bardstown Bourbon Company.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Bardstown Bourbon Company Collaborative Series Goose Island Bourbon County?
Bardstown Bourbon Company Collaborative Series Goose Island Bourbon County is a unique blend resulting from a collaboration between Bardstown Bourbon Company and Goose Island. This bourbon is aged in barrels that previously housed the Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout, offering a distinct flavor profile.
How was this bourbon crafted?
The bourbon is a blend of 6- and 7-year Kentucky bourbons aged for an additional year in freshly emptied Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout barrels. These barrels were not rinsed, allowing the bourbon to intermingle with the beer residues. The blend also includes a 9-year-old Kentucky bourbon, adding flavors of chocolate malt and dried cherry.
What is the composition of the bourbon blend?
The blend consists of 56% of the 7-year-old bourbon, 26% of the 6-year-old bourbon, and 18% of the 9-year-old bourbon.
What are the tasting notes for Bardstown Bourbon Company Collaborative Series Goose Island Bourbon County?
Aroma: Dark chocolate, honey, toasted almond, and vanilla cream.
Palate: Roasted malt, cacao, allspice.
Finish: Balanced and lingering.
What is the proof of this bourbon?
The bourbon is cask strength at 100 proof.
How much does Bardstown Bourbon Company Collaborative Series Goose Island Bourbon County cost?
The suggested retail price for this bourbon is $169.99.
Where can I purchase this bourbon?
It is available at the Bardstown Bourbon Co. gift shop, select retailers in 24 states, and online at Seelbachs.com.
How many bottles were produced for this release?
Approximately 3,500 9L cases are available for this release.
What makes this bourbon special compared to other releases?
This bourbon stands out due to its unique aging process in Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout barrels, which imparts distinct stout flavors to the bourbon.
Who was behind this collaboration?
The collaboration was spearheaded by Dan Callaway, the VP of Product Development of Bardstown Bourbon Co., who expressed excitement about partnering with Goose Island, a pioneer in craft brewing.